Art: The Bold Roofs

Do you think that by any splendor of architecture—any height of stories—you can atone to the mind for the loss of the aspect of the roof?

Thus, in 1853, English Critic John Ruskin lectured an Edinburgh audience. The popular concept that the roof is the very essence of architecture became so deeply ingrained that Louis Sullivan, Chicago's famed skyscraper builder, felt it necessary to crown his tall buildings with huge, floriated lids. Frank Lloyd Wright made the roof the dominating motif of his houses. But as modern architects worked away at the box-on-stilts...

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